Herman Cain made a well received comeback appearance at CPAC on Thursday saying his decision to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination came down to two factors: “Gutter politics” and the fact that “I chose to put family first.”
Cain said, “A lot of people thought that after the character assassination that was launched against me that Herman was going to shut up and sit down and go away,” the former pizza chain CEO told a jam-packed ballroom of conservative activists Thursday afternoon.
“Ain’t going to happen.”
Cain thanked those who worked for him in the presidential race, and explained that he dropped out only for two reasons: “gutter politics,” and family considerations.
He’s no longer a candidate, a David in the race against Goliath. But he said he still needs his “We the People” crusaders to take the country back.
“What I decided to do is create an army of Davids. And you will be a part of that army,” he said.
Of course, the 9-9-9 plan is still on Cain’s agenda. He said conservatives should press candidates for federal office to embrace his flat-tax solution, “the most bold economic growth and job plan on the planet.” He singled out one who already has — “Joe The Plumber,” Samuel Wurzelbacher, who is running for Congress in Ohio’s 9th District.
Cain also attacked president Obama over job numbers saying, “ the president had changed the underlying assumptions to devise a jobs number that was rosier than the truth. “I can count. And I also know when they have manipulated the numbers to create whatever number they want.”
Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination just before the Florida primary. But he made no mention of the former House speaker in his remarks.